First Annual Montclair Film Festival – Celebrated with Wine

On April 3, I had the opportunity to attend a lovely benefit event hosted by Amanti Vino, the boutique wine and spirits shop on Church Street in Montclair.  The event was a gathering of 35 French winemakers presenting over 150 wines in the gorgeous setting of The Vault at Bangz Salon + Spa on South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair.

The unique tasting benefited the First Annual Montclair Film Festival, which runs May 1-6, and was a rare opportunity for wine lovers to sample some premium bottles from Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux.

Some of the winemakers represented included:

Jean Michel Gaunoux/Meursault

Chantal Tortochot/Gevrey Cahmbertin

Jean Paul Daumen/Vielle Julienne (Chateauneuf-du-Pape)

Yves Cuilleron/les Vins de Vienne (Rhone Valley)

Romain & Damien Bouchard/DRB (Chablis)

Jean-Max Manceau/Domaine de Noire (Chinon)

Some of the outstanding wines I sampled were:

2009 Roger Belland Santenay 1er Cru “Beauregard”

2007 Jean-Michel Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru “Genevrieres”

2009 Domaine Delagrange Volnay 1er Cru “Les Champans”

2009 Domaine Tortochot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut NV

2010 Domaine de Montvac Vacqueyras Blanc “Melodine”

The first annual Montclair Film Festival will entertain film enthusiasts and professionals from across the region and country with five days of compelling independent films, comedies, documentaries, family events and work by emerging artists. The festival will provide a platform for talented filmmakers from around the world and give special recognition to New Jersey-connected work.

For more information about Amanti Vino, visit or stop by their store at:

30 Church Street

Montclair, NJ 07042



Veronique Deblois, Food & Wine Chickie: Veronique is a food and wine writer based in Morris County, NJ. As the author of the popular blog, Food & Wine Chickie Insider, Veronique shares recipes, wine and restaurant reviews and insight into the travel industry of which she’s a 15-year veteran. Follow Veronique on Twitter or like her Facebook page.